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L-Harper
12-15-2010, 02:49 PM
I feel like I'd be wasting my snack credit if I used it on a bag of chips... I've been researching the best and "most bang for your buck" way to use your snack credits. In my research, I found the Only WDWorld blog. Wow, some great info there, but I found this most helpful:

Top Iconic Disney World Snacks:
1. Dole Whip or Dole Whip Float (pictured)
2. Mickey Ice Cream Bar
3. Popcorn (Especially on Main St.in Magic Kingdom)
4. School Bread from the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in Epcot Norway
5. Zebra Domes from Boma and also at Mara in Animal Kingdom Lodge

Top Breakfast Snack Items:
1. Warm Cinnamon Rolls from Main St. Bakery in Magic Kingdom
2. Yogurt Parfait
3. Cheese Danish and other assorted Danishes.
4. Blueberry Muffins and other assorted muffins.
5. Fresh Fuit Bowls

Top Lunch Snack Items:
1. Pork Egg Rolls at Yak & Yeti Quick Service in Animal Kingdom
2. Chicken Fried Rice at Yak & Yeti Quick Service in Animal Kingdom
3. Mixed Greens Salad at Catalina Eddie's, Toy Story Pizza Planet, & Rosie's in Hollywood Studios
4. Soup at Rosie's All American Cafe in Hollywood Studios

Top Disney World Snacks For Desserts:
1. Butterfinger Cupcake at Starring Rolls Cafe
2. HUGE Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich at Main St. Bakery
3. Napoleon from Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot
4. Any Dessert ( Butterfinger Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie) From Sunshine Seasons in Epcot


Now- What are YOUR tips on getting the "most bang for your buck" when it comes to snack credits?

tggrrstarr
12-15-2010, 03:34 PM
For some reason, on the ddp I am never hungry to use the snack credit for food, so I always use it on a smothie or Icee. My husband likes to use it on Rootbeer Floats.

Nadjalu
12-15-2010, 03:59 PM
I always get the bang for my buck when I buy what I want. Whether that is a dole whip or a bottle of water.
To me it isn't the price on the item, but the value in which it is to me. ;)

L-Harper
12-15-2010, 04:09 PM
I always get the bang for my buck when I buy what I want. Whether that is a dole whip or a bottle of water.
To me it isn't the price on the item, but the value in which it is to me. ;)

Yes, I do completely agree with you. I'm also trying to find ways that I can use my snack credit for a breakfast or light lunch to make my meal plan stretch farther.

Avery&Todd
12-15-2010, 04:14 PM
My husband likes to use it on Rootbeer Floats.

GASP!!

where do you get a Rootbeer Float from????

Funky Chicken
12-15-2010, 04:15 PM
A good bang for the buck tip on snack credits is to make sure you use them all. I think that plenty of people "save" them by not "wasting" them on cheaper items like sodas and bottled water and then end up either not using them at all or scrambling to burn them on check out day.

We just buy snacks the same way we would without the plan, using the credits first.

Tricia1972
12-15-2010, 04:18 PM
Yes, I do completely agree with you. I'm also trying to find ways that I can use my snack credit for a breakfast or light lunch to make my meal plan stretch farther.

Have you checked out the Confirmed Snack Sticky at the top of the page? http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2381706

jjohnson works very hard to keep track of snacks that board members are able to get with their DDP credits throughout the year. Though it's not an 'official' list from Disney, it's a very current snapshot of what is available with a DDP Snack credit.

Tricia1972
12-15-2010, 04:19 PM
GASP!!

where do you get a Rootbeer Float from????

There are quite a few places that offer Rootbeer Floats. If you double check the sticky that I linked to in my prior post, you can see many places that they are available at.

theworkdogs
12-15-2010, 04:30 PM
We always get Mickey Bars, Dole Whips and something sweet from the Mainstreet Bakery.

DisneyFamily123
12-15-2010, 05:49 PM
Spent our departure day in Epcot, had lunch at Biergarten. The Werthers caramel shop there had lots of yummy snack credit items -- caramel chocolate covered strawberries, freshly made caramel popcorn, stuff like that. Also some very interesting caramel apples but they were $10 each and not covered by snack credits, got one anyway!

We also get fudge at the Magic Kingdom Main St. Bakery.

And we love the frozen cokes in all the parks.

Ansky
12-15-2010, 07:59 PM
Those carrot cake cookies at The Writer's Shop in Hollywood Studios are a pretty good way to use a snack credit!

Ansky
12-15-2010, 08:13 PM
The roasted pecans/almonds are also a good way to use a snack credit!

Nadjalu
12-15-2010, 10:53 PM
Spent our departure day in Epcot, had lunch at Biergarten. The Werthers caramel shop there had lots of yummy snack credit items -- caramel chocolate covered strawberries, freshly made caramel popcorn, stuff like that. Also some very interesting caramel apples but they were $10 each and not covered by snack credits, got one anyway!

We also get fudge at the Magic Kingdom Main St. Bakery.

And we love the frozen cokes in all the parks.

OK......now this I have got to do! Oh let me count the ways I can spend mine and DH's credits at this store. :rotfl2:
That food porn thread is driving me nuts with the pictures of the goodies they offer.

I think I am going to have to add $$ to the budget just to sample 1/2 their stuff. LOL

Zife
12-16-2010, 09:16 AM
I always get the bang for my buck when I buy what I want. Whether that is a dole whip or a bottle of water.
To me it isn't the price on the item, but the value in which it is to me. ;)
Agreed. Most of my snack credits go towards SmartWater. Although I do love splurging at Main St Bakery.

In Oct when we go, we plan on doing 'lunch' with snack credits in Epcot.

Faldred
12-16-2010, 01:14 PM
The best way to use a snack credit is to get what you want, when you want it. Trying to simply "maximize" your credit use may simple wind up with you getting something you don't really want, just because it's a good "deal".

If I want to use a credit on a drink, pretzel, ice cream bar, or box of popcorn because that's what I want at that moment, then I'm not going to feel bad about not getting great "value" for the credit.

Momto2PrncChrmgs
12-16-2010, 01:30 PM
I like the smoothies, and can't wait to try a Dole Whip with a snack credit!

We go against advice and don't spend credits on some of the cheaper things (esp water or soda, we'll go ahead and pay OOP). For us, its a fun treat to have extras at the end of the trip (we usually only have 6 or so left), then the kids have a blast picking bags of Mickey cookies, chex mix, Mickey ear rice crispy treats, and taking them home to their friends (or ride-home snacks).

:mickeybar Happy snacking!! :mickeybar

aixia
12-16-2010, 04:09 PM
The last time we were in the World, we did the regular dining plan, and used snack credits on Dole Whips, bottles of water, and breakfast items. I imagine we'll do the same thing when we go down there next month. I think we may do more CS breakfasts this time, but that should leave us with snack credits for Epcot, which we didn't get to visit last time.

Basically, we go with the flow. Why spend money OOP when we've already paid for food with the plan? Spend the credits first, on whatever we want at the moment, and if we decide at the end of our trip we want something else, we'll get it OOP then.

jennalehr
12-16-2010, 06:23 PM
I agree. The mickey ice cream is grant snack bang for the buck!

MinnieGi
12-16-2010, 11:02 PM
The best value for snack credit for me is everytime one of my kids says, "mommy can I get some popcorn, ice cream bar, cookie etc." I say, "SURE!!"

We're on QSDP for our trip in 4 days and my kids are loving they get to choose TWO snacks each day!!

Coconuts
12-17-2010, 08:46 AM
We used a bunch on our last day at the resort shop to buy big bags of snacks for the plane ride and some small treats for the kids friends.popcorn::

Never had a Dole whip though and I can't wait to try one on our next trip!:yay:

DisneyHardin
12-17-2010, 09:18 AM
It was so hot when we were there this summer that Smartwater was definitely the best use of a snack credit!! We probably used 75% of our snacks on water and never regretted it at all.

ReneeDisney
12-18-2010, 04:03 PM
Thanks for starting this thread! We are doing the dining plan for the first time next year....so this is super helpful!! :goodvibes

revjulian
12-18-2010, 09:07 PM
Our family tradition is to make a last stop at Goofey's Candy Shop in DTD before heading home. If there are any unused snack credits we use them on take home snacks for the trip and whatever's left we give to friends and family as gifts.

It's' also great to splurge at least ONE time on the trip for something we would never buy OOP on our own. this DDP is the best... expecially when it's free!

nooneshome
12-19-2010, 07:51 AM
I always get the bang for my buck when I buy what I want. Whether that is a dole whip or a bottle of water.
To me it isn't the price on the item, but the value in which it is to me. ;)

Agreed!!!

chocolateMinnie
12-19-2010, 08:15 AM
the huge ice-cream sundaes in MK - Mrs Pott's Cupboard? I think, the fudge brownie and strawberry shortcake are too big for one.
Pineapple dole whips - yum
Chocolate creme brulee from France at F&W
5 Zebra domes from mara at AKL
Any resort shop the $3.95 rice crispie treats - we got both halloween and Xmas ones this trip. Lasted us the first two weeks of packed lunches when we returned.
DD is also a Princess Pez collector and loves to bring some home each trip.

Liltx
12-20-2010, 10:58 AM
The best way to use a snack credit is to get what you want, when you want it. Trying to simply "maximize" your credit use may simple wind up with you getting something you don't really want, just because it's a good "deal".

If I want to use a credit on a drink, pretzel, ice cream bar, or box of popcorn because that's what I want at that moment, then I'm not going to feel bad about not getting great "value" for the credit.

I completely agree. Even doing this we still have a few snack credits left over. We use them on snack mixes and such but I can get those for a buck without Chip and Dale on it at the grocery store. Best to just use them when you want too. I rarely hear people running out early and having to pay OOP most often it's the other way around. I think it's good to plan a few treats that you really want to try though. We LOVE the cream cheese pretzels everyone else seems to hate and we love icees. Those are always on our list. I hate mickey bars though, yikes right?

Liltx
12-20-2010, 11:02 AM
I do always order a case of water though. I drink a ton of water and must have it on me at all times. Having a case in the room makes it super convient for me and only cost me $7 total.

tigger3176
12-20-2010, 01:41 PM
Can you use it on a turkey leg?

Faldred
12-20-2010, 02:06 PM
No. Turkey legs can be purchased (along with a drink and, if available at that locations, chips and/or dessert) with a counter service credit.

tigger3176
12-20-2010, 02:21 PM
Thanks you. This is the first time using the dinning plan.

threvester
12-20-2010, 06:46 PM
we always go during F&W and use most of them there..lobster rolls, escargot, perogies...etc cant wait..only 277 more days

GAGirlInVA
12-20-2010, 06:48 PM
We enjoyed the Funnel Cakes and Floats in Sleepy Hollow (in the Magic Kingdom)